BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
The Northern Flicker is our only brown woodpecker, an adaptation that helps camouflage this species as it often forages on the ground. In spring, male Northern Flickers - like other woodpeckers - drum to advertise their territories and attract the attention of females, often to the lament of homeowners with metal chimneys or gutters. There two forms - "Red-shafted" and "Yellow-shafted" - are distinguished by plumage and distribution, but hybridize where their ranges overlap.
Birding Site of the Week
The scattered wetlands of the Chehalis River Valley are great places to listen for various marsh species, including the Sora. Springtime brings an increase in shorebirds, along with migrant passerines. Flycatchers, vireos, and warblers are often seen in the riparian/wetland areas. Sandhill Cranes often pass through during the early spring.